Highlights

  • Explore famous places like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, and Muktinath
  • View the majestic Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
  • Stay at beautiful villages in rugged terrain near chhortens, gompas, and monasteries
  • Drive inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with a permit
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Explore and pay homage to Muktinath temple
  • Explore several caves dwellings, and houses partially built in caves
  • Learn about the Tibetan Buddhism culture, the rare Bon religion and ethnic people known as Lo Pa
  • Reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang and visit various historical places
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna I

About Mustang Overland Tour

Mustang Overland Tour is the shortest and easiest way to explore the amazing and mystical land of Mustang. Visit the ancient city named Lo, which had its capital in Lo Manthang - the walled city where the king’s palace also lies. Trekking to Lo Manthang takes up to 3 weeks and this tour is perfect for people looking to complete the journey quickly and comfortably. The beautiful landscape of the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Restricted Area of Upper Mustang in surrounded by mountains and other natural beauty.

Mustang Overland Tour is also a perfect way to learn about the isolated and fascinating culture and traditions of Thakali, Gurung and Tibetan people. Things start to get really incredible from Jomsom, a picturesque village extending from both sides of the Kali Gandaki River. Because you will be riding in a comfortable private vehicle, you won’t have to worry about the difficult ascents and descents without compromising the scenic beauty including mountains. Mustang is draped in high hills, with several high peaks that are bound to leave you captivated.

Various Buddhist artefacts, Chhortens, and monasteries lie in the villages leading to this ancient kingdom. The palace of the former king of Lo Manthang gives insight into the culture and tradition that has survived for thousands of years. Sky Caves are another famous place to visit in Mustang. These caves house mummies that date back thousands of years and other artefacts like paintings and scriptures.

This insightful and beautiful tour is filled with views of rivers, streams, monasteries, Chhortens, forests, old stone houses, caves, and welcoming people. Upper Mustang is a part of the Tibetan Plateau and makes you feel like you travelled to Tibet. The rich and unique culture here will make this even more amazing. 

Mustang Overland Tour takes you to the highest altitude of just around three thousand meters. This means, you have to be careful of the altitude sickness, though it's not a big risk factor. This tour can be completed at any time of the year and is perfect for people of any age or physical strength.

 

 Jomsom

Jomsom is a beautiful village in the rugged terrain of Mustang district full of prayer wheels and Chhortens and a monastery. It is the gateway to the Mustang region. While at this village, rhododendron forests and Himalayas in the backdrop decorate the landscape. The culture of the people living here is influenced by the Tibetans performing various Buddhist rituals and prayers. Spreading to both sides of the Kaligandaki river, Jomsom is full of beautiful views and religious sites.
 

Lo Manthang and Sky Caves

Lo Manthang is an ancient walled kingdom and is the capital of Mustang. This mysterious place is isolated from the modern world and few tourists come here, as it was relatively recently opened to foreigners. The sky caves in Lo Manthang are one of the UNESCO tentative sites. It houses partially mummified bodies dating back several thousand years. While archaeologists started uncovering this place, they also discovered paintings, sculptures, manuscripts related to Buddhism and Bon religion.

A visit to The Royal Palace of Lo Manthang gives more insight into the ancient culture and tradition of people of Lo.
 

Muktinath Temple

This sacred site is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists throughout the year. Visiting this temple and performing a ritual is believed to give you ‘Mukti’, meaning liberation from worldly pain and suffering. Here, Lord Bishnu is worshipped by Hindus, especially Vaishnavas. It is one of the eight major holy places for them. It is also considered one of the Shakti Peethas, where body parts of dead Shakti (Sati Devi) fell while being carried and taken to random places by Mahadeva. Buddhists believe that Guru Padmasambhava came to meditate here and the statue is the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Compassion Buddha.
 

People and Culture

People living in the Mustang region are isolated from the rest of the world and to modern means of life and luxuries. They live a fairly simple life based on tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Most of the people still speak the Tibetan language. An ethnic group of people named Thakali speak their own language and practice culture that is an amalgam of Tibetan and Nepali culture. The rare Bon religion is also practiced by some people here.  

It is believed that Upper Mustang place hasn’t changed much since the founder of this kingdom Ame Pal built it. But recent development activities and communication with other regions are starting to change this place. 
 

Glorious Views of the Himalayas 

Since the beginning of the tour, the beautiful landscapes start to unveil. Rhododendron forests, mountains in the backdrop and rugged terrain make this place even more mystical. Touring inside the area of the Annapurna Conservation Area also gives you the opportunity to witness a variety of flora and fauna. Mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with a height of more than 7000 meters can be seen. 35 other mountains higher than 6000 meters surround Mustang. Our Mustang Overland Tour is full of beautiful caves, valleys, rivers, villages, religious sites, and artifacts.

Itinerary

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After having breakfast at Pokhara, you will start your Mustang Overland Tour Journey. You will have almost 9 hours of drive from Pokhara to Jomsom. First, you will drive to the west to Beni. Then, you will continue your ride  Kali Gandaki river. The gorge you will be passing is the deepest gorge in the world carved by Dhawalagiri and Annapurna mountains. You will also pass through Kalopani village which offers the scenic view of Dhawalagiri, Annapurna and other mountains.

On the second day of your tour, you will head towards Tsarang. Tsarang is one of the historical villages in Upper Mustang. You still follow the Kaligandaki river while driving along the upstream section. You will pass through the villages like Tukuche and Marpha. You will register the permit for the restricted area and move further. Driving for a few hours you will reach Tsarang village. Along the way, you will visit Chungse Cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated. You will spend the rest of the day exploring Tsarang, where you can visit ancient stupa, palace, and monastery. 

You will have breakfast early in the morning and have a short hike to Ghar Gompa. You can enjoy the view of the farmlands and pastures. This gompa is said to be the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery established by Guru Rinpoche. You can explore rare paintings and sculptures in this monastery. After spending a few moments there, you will ride to Lo Manthang and check into a hotel. Later in the evening, you will set out to explore the forbidden kingdom of Lomanthan. 

You will spend the day exploring Lo Manthang. You will first visit Namgyal Gompa. You get to explore the paintings and sculptures there. Then you will go to explore the honeycomb caves of Chhoser. They date back to 3000 years and are a fascinating thing to observe and learn about the history of them. These caves were used for living purposes and still have been used for meditation purposes. Some of the caves are still being used for living in nearby villages. You will stay overnight at a hotel at Lo Manthang.

After exploring Lo Manthang, you will drive back to Muktinath the next day. You will have a few hours of a ride full of scenic vistas of rocky mountains and deep valleys. Completing a few hours of drive, you will get reach Mustang. It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that you will get Moksha (salvation) after visiting this temple. You will visit the temple here explore the religious aspects. Apart from visiting the temple, you can enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding landscapes and the surrounding landscapes.

On the last day of your tour, you will drive to Pokhara from Muktinath. You will follow the same road as before to get back to Pokhara. You will enjoy amazing vistas of mountains, gorge, river valley, and the forest along the way. You will pass through many beautiful villages and farmlands. Finally, you reach Pokhara where your tour journey ends. 

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What's included

  • Meals and accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation for 5 days with breakfast
  • Transportation:   
    Four-wheel jeep drive for the entire trip
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    All the entrance fees for the national park, monuments, and museum
    Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
    Upper mustang permit fee @US$ 500 per person. 
    Annapurna conservation area permit fee 
  • All lunch and dinner during the tour
  • Travel Insurance 
  • All the beverage during the tour except tea with breakfast 

Availabilities

Start DateEnd DateDurationStatusPrice 
09 Aug, 202014 Aug, 20206 DaysAvailableUS$1250
16 Aug, 202021 Aug, 20206 DaysAvailableUS$1250
23 Aug, 202028 Aug, 20206 DaysAvailableUS$1250
30 Aug, 202004 Sep, 20206 DaysAvailableUS$1250
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Customer Reviews

  • Trip to Mustang

    - Larry Cochran, United States

    It was an extraordinary experience for someone like me who has never been to Nepal before. Though many people choose to trek to Mustang, I chose to go there on a vehicle because I want my trip to be less about pain of walking many hours but about exploring the beauty of nature without thinking about anything else. Even if you aren't trekking, it is not an easy ride so, be careful and go there only with reliable people. I completed my Mustang overland tour with Sublime Trails and I can assure you they are one of the best company in Nepal providing these services for many years,